Dancing Man Wheat | New Glarus Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
newglarusbrewing.com

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Spring

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Added by Atron67 on 07-07-2007

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Ranking:
#1,124
Reviews:
476
Ratings:
1,396
pDev:
10.93%
Bros Score:
4.34
 
 
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Photo of Urbancaver
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Seeswo for bringing a bottle of this down for me.

Pours a hazy yellow orange. Very pretty. A bunch of white head. Smells wheaty with lots of banana on the nose. A really solid yeasty presence on the nose as well. The taste profile is a bit banana-centric as well but that's the joy of the hefe. Great wheat and yeast on the tongue. I like Live Oak better but this is certainly a solid brew. Thick and heavy but well carbonated. Overall very good drinker

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Murky orange body with a small white head; no lacing.

S: Smells a little funky and I'm a little worry about the taste. I am getting SOME banana, wheat, and cloves though.

T: So glad it taste better then it smells. Getting nutmeg, banana, clove, wheat, and lemon zest. Nice mixture of flavors.

M: Light body; loads of carbonation; clean and tingling mouthfeel.

O: Was a little worried with the smell, but put that aside and it's a great beer. I would like to get this again, perhaps fresher, but nice representative of the style. Could drink 4-5 of these over the course of a summer evening.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter

A- Hazy golden orange color, stands true to the style, hazy attractive appearance. One finger off white head, great lacing.
S- Nice sweet aroma, banana, spice, cloves, wheat, slight earthiness to the aroma, slight lemon aromas.
T- Really sweet for a hefe, nice banana and clove tastes come out, citrus, and lemon are evident, slight malt and wheat flavors, breadiness is there, slight hops, a lot coming out, very refreshing, sweeter than most hefe’s that I’ve tried.
M- Really crips and smooth, light/medium mouthfeel, really clean and refreshing finish.
O- Solid refreshing offering from New Glarus, one of the better Hefe beers out there, quality beer. One I would drink easily if I could have regular access to it.

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Photo of ErmahgerdPhD
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a very cloudy deep yellow/light orange color with about 2.5 fingers of head and moderate carbonation.

S - Banana and cloves are big on the nose here; this beer smells GREAT. You get a wheat aroma of course, and I'm picking up something else in the background, maybe star anise?

T - The taste matches the smell, with banana, cloves, and wheat dominating. That little spiciness in the back is still present and tastes wonderful. This is a very bold beer and leaves almost no trace of alcohol taste behind; the 7.2% ABV is very well disguised.

M - well-carbonated, and it tickles your whole mouth as you're drinking it. It's probably a light-medium body, but more to the light end of the spectrum. Very drinkable based on the lighter body but you get the bold flavor, which is great.

O - This is one of my favorite hefes, it gives you bold flavor without being too heavy, as some hefes can get with the unfiltered quality. I would definitely recommend this to any hefe fan - great summer beer for throwing them back while boating, grilling, or just hanging out on the deck.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a flute glass.

Cloudy yellow with a thin white spatter of cover and a consistent traffic of small bubbles.

Smells of banana, cloves, wheat, cinnamon, light fruits, and yeast.

Taste boldly follows suit. Light fruits in the form of peach form a base for the banana, clove, and wheat. Cinnamon and yeast round out the finish. Bright, effervescent, and slightly sweet this beer really pops in the mouth. Prickly carbonation allows the tastes to linger long after the sip and dance on the tongue. Admittedly not the biggest hefeweizen fan, this is well crafted beer. Uncle Dan knows the score.

Damn. At 7.2 this is a silly drinker that displays boldly but hides the alcohol well. Big gulps....is it mid nineties out of nowhere here?....yield a near empty glass in short order, with the alcohol only truly displayed in a mild fogginess near bottle's end. Well played!

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Photo of Thickfreakness
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Maudite tulip glass...

A- Gorgeous cloudy, straw yellow brew... three finger pillowy white head sits proudly atop this little glass of sunshine. Sweet & sticky drips of lacing that slide gently away.

S- Clove, cinnamon, orange peel, honey baked wheat bread and ripe banana's. It's making me crave a peanut butter and banana sandwich on honey wheat bread!!! Spicy and sweet with a really nice depth. Not a one trick pony by any means!

T- Sweet malted wheat, ripe banana, pie spice with a touch of carmelized honey. Really fresh and palete cleansing! The banana and sweet wheat really stick around after each sip, and that's when the spices latch on. Cinnamon, clove, black pepper, nutmeg, candied orange peel, and honey... it's all there, and oh so delicious!!!

M- A bit on the thin side as it should be. Very refreshing! Decent carbonation on the tongue. The banana cream pie flavors really envelope your sences! A perfect beer for getting the grill going!

O- This has to be in my top 5 all time Hefe-Weizen's!!! Brilliantly done as expected from New Glarus! I only wish I could get this in NY!!! Pair this with honey-glazed grilled banana's, topped with toasted pie-spiced pecans!!!

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Photo of RoamingGnome
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A) A good two inches of foamy white head that bubbled about for a bit and left some decent lacing on the glass. The beer itself is a foggy orange. It looks delicious.

S) Fresh bread, hints of fruit, clove and other spices. It smells delicious.

T) Looks delicious + Smells delicious = Tastes delicious

M) A little heavier/thicker than the German hefeweizens I typically enjoy, but that is not a negative in my opinion. This was very refreshing and pleasing to my palate.

O) This has made yard work even more fun than just the normal avoidance of my wife nagging at me. Thank you New Glarus, you've done it again.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.89/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. Three fingers of thick, fluffy, slightly off-white head dissipated very slowly. The color is a beautiful and hazy gold.

Smell: Heavenly hefeweizen to a tee. Yeast, banana, apple, strawberry, bubblegum, orange, and lemon citrus. It is tinged with enough clove and pepper spice to tickle the nostrils. And, as New Glarus suggests, there is a little bit of cinnamon, too. It has my mouth watering.

Taste: The body is thick, bready, and oh so good. After the yeast, the palette immediately detects the perfect balance between the clove and pepper spiciness and the Bavarian goodness: banana, apple, strawberry, bubblegum, and some citrus.

Drinkability: After the first sip I needed to take a moment, sit back, and marvel at the beautiful things humans can create — all of which were manifested in the pint glass I was holding. Holy cow. I think I will start dancing.

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Photo of dbossman
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy and dark golden with a huge, frothy head; lacing is okay

S: Lots of banana, some cloves, some apple, and a touch of nutmeg all on top of a grainy and bready base; mmm does this smell like some good banana bread

T: A bit of clove and pepper spice up front followed by a bit of alcohol; then the loads of banana with a touch of apple; also at the end a grainy, grassy, and slightly bready malt presence shines through

F: Pretty darn good mouth feel for the style; light to medium with a healthy amount sticking to the roof of the mouth

O: What an amazing hefe; simply one of the best of the style--though it sure borders on a weizen bock

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Photo of alleykatking
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12zo bottle. Thanks to SuperNova777 for this beer as I have been wanting to try this one forever!

A- Pours a nice hazy golden orange color. Two finger white head shows crazy good retention. Thick streaks of lace and collar left on my beer. This beer looks so good!

S- A nice wheat undertone through the entire aroma profile. Banana and clove in the front mixes well with it. Hints of cinnamon toward the middle along with something else I can't quite put my finger on. Ending shows a nice lemongrass quality along with some very light grassy hops. The yeast they use really tends to stick around the front and ending of the aroma.

T- Wheat in the front with a ton of banana and light sprinkles of clove. This sounds like it could taste like banana bread but it doesn't. Toward the middle of the beer the flavors blend into a nice almost nutmeg and cinnamon like flavor. This adds to the yeast flavor that is staying with this beer from the start to finish. The ending has more of the wheat once again showing with some hints of lemon and faded grassy hops in the very back. Alcohol is crisp and leaves the beer tasting clean overall.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Wheat, clove, banana are left on the palate. Aftertaste is a mix of crisp alcohol, wheat, and a variety of spices. Flavors were very well balanced for the style leaving no dominate flavors at all. No off flavors on this beer at all while drinking it. Light alcohol drying on the palate. My only complaint is this beer is a little heavy I thought for the style.

O- This beer was crisp and refreshing to drink. The flavors are very well placed with each other making you want to drink more. I personally thought the abv was very nice overall and made this drink way too easy. Glad to have tried this beer and would love to get my hands on more of it.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up while vacationing in Northern WI.

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours a light murky straw color and settles a yellowish orange that is very foggy, almost making it opaque. A fingers worth of white head sits for quite a while. The nose is very aromatic tons of clove and spice is noticed. The taste a blast of spicy yeast and banana flavors. The cloves are contributing to this resemblance and stand out very boldly. The mouthfeel is pretty full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. This brew is packed with well crafted flavors, making this my favorite New Glarus brew yet.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with not 1,2, or even 3 fingers, but an entire fist's worth of head that -will- run over onto your lap if you aren't careful with your pour. Hazy golden-orange color. Picture-perfect stable head with incredible lacing patterns.
Lemony banana with high clove and cinnamon spice. Unusually high levels of spice scent for a hefeweizen. The smell alone is refreshing before I have even taken a single sip.
Tastes of wheatey banana bread with nutmeg cinnamon sprinkles. Everything works in perfect proportion to each other, with no particular taste component overstaying its welcome. Smooth light body with no hotness from ABV.

While it is available this is one of the "usual suspects" I try to keep stocked at all times in my fridge. A well deserved gold standard for the style.

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Photo of zachary80
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice big fluffy white head. Tons of lacing. Hazy golden body. Good retention

Yeasty aroma, spicy, clove.

Dancing Man has a full, bold flavor. Lots of wheat and yeast influence. Fruity, but more of a citrus than banana.

Good mouthfeel, a little heavy for a wheat but not offensive in any way

Amazing beer. Wish this was easier to get for me

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Photo of stxSS07
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Killian's pint

A- Pours a cloudy golden-orange. A careful pour yields just over 2 fingers of a fluffy, white, and rocky head.

S- Huge notes of fruity esters, wheat, cinnamon, clove, and some lemon. I love it.

T- This might be my personal heaven. A wave of wheat off the bat followed by the sweet fruity banana esters. Finishes with some spice and a touch of tart lemon. This is a 7.2% beer?! What?!

M- Medium bodied and creamy as all hell. Perfect amount of carbonation. Never mind hefe's, this is one of the best feeling beers I've had period.

O- Easily the best hefe I've had and easily breaks into my top-5 beers. Seriously considering heading to WI to buy multiple cases of this brew for summer.

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Photo of iDrinknewglarus
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an orange color. Looks like any good hefe, hazy as all hell. Off white fluffy head.

S: Big banana and clove scent with cinnamon in the background. Lemon, too.

T: Big, bold flavors of wheaty goodness. Banana, clove, even cinnamon. The more you drink the more you start tasting the lemon, which sticks to the roof of your mouth. If you let it warm up, just the slightest hint of alcohol starts coming through, but its a drying effect; there is no heat or harshness whatsoever.

M: It feels heavy in the mouth, not watery at all. Carbonation is perfect, not too high. It lets the flavors really come through. Dangerously smooth.

Dan has made an absolutely world class brew here. I count down the days when this is to be released. At an alcohol content of 7.2%, this beer is one of the most dangerous brews out there IMO. If you finish a six pack of this (which is just oh so easy to do), you may be in trouble!

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Photo of suspect
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 500ml Julius Echter weizen glass. Thanks to beerwolf77 for the generous hookup.

A: Beautiful cloudy strong yellow color. Aggressive pour leads to huge 4-finger fluffy head that takes about 5 minutes to disappear. Once head disappears it gives way to lacing that sticks around for the duration of the taste.

S: Strong lemon, strong wheat, excellent hefe smell. Some clove along with slight banana are present as well as faint hops.

T: Wow, what a beauty. The wheat hits you first followed closely and perfectly by lemon and then finally spice. The lemon cuts the bitterness of the wheat but the spice kicks you in the teeth when you weren't expecting it. Really really nice.

M: Light/medium body with ample carbonation. Thinner than Weihenstephaner's Hefe but this does not detract from the brew.

O: Another SOLID offering from New Glarus. I'd really like to thank beerwolf77 for the hookup on this as well as the other NG stuff. I've clearly been missing out on some good stuff...untill now. Quick, someone find me a case of this stuff for the summer!

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Photo of ne0m00re
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Live review of a 12 oz bottle (marked 1690 11:16) thanks to a generous trader.
A: Cloudy golden amber... like apple juice, with a steady white head.
S: Oranges and apple juice, yeasty bread, bright and fruity, angel food cake and bananas. It is welcoming.
T: Wow. Slightly tart, apple juice and grape juice, very refreshing, very light green hops comes off like green apples, creamy with a lingering sweet apple juice finish.
M: Frothy and creamy smooth to an acidic finish, perfectly balancing the beer.
O: Great hefeweizen. Rivals Oberon for American versions of the style.

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Photo of lookitsmp
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

appearance: Pours a transparent golden yellow color with a beautiful two finger rocky head that leaves no lacing. This is a very nice looking Hefeweizen with probably one of the coolest looking head's I've ever seen.

smell: Amazing! A great mixture of banana, wheat, yeast, and some clove. Hefeweizens usually are very subtle smelling, and this one is no exception. However, Dancing Man is slightly more pronounced than others of the style and is the best smelling Hefe that I've ever had the privilege to smell.

taste: Bananas, wheat, yeast, clove, and a kiss of some baking spices (could be nutmeg or cinnamon). This beer tastes amazing. All of the elements work so well together. Hands down the best Hefeweizen I've ever had.

mouth: Very light bodied with some slight carbonation. Very very smooth. Goes down very easily. I could drink this all day (or at least try...)

overall: Wow. I don't want to over-hype this beer, but for a person who has been severely unimpressed with many Hefeweizens in the past this beer changed my mind. It looks, smells and tastes amazing. I just wish I had more of it.

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Photo of Kbogac
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wheat beer glass. Nice thick white head. Cloudy dark yellow color. The scent is mostly banana and clove. I don't get much else. Taste is also primarily banana with heavy clove & cinnamon. The clove is almost overpowering. Nice mouthfeel with good carbonation. Overall I'm a little disappointed which is rare for New Glarus beers. It's an OK hefewizen but not well balanced.

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Photo of Brunite
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy, cloudy golden color with a huge white head.

S: Clove, cinnamon, banana. Smells great.

T: Clove, cinnamon, banana, wheat. A very nice sweet finish. This is amazingly good.

M: Medium, creamy.

O: This is one of the 3 finest hefe's I have had. I am extremely happy that this will be available all summer. World class stuff.

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Photo of jerskine
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: hazy, cloudy, golden yellow hue

S: smells like a ripe banana with cinnamon

T: this is a unique tasting hef; very sweet wheat flavor with tons of spices to compliment; lots of clove flavor with some lemon zest

M: you really can't tell that this one is 7.2% abv at all; it really gives you a "mouth full of wheat" feeling and goes down very smooth afterwards

O: Yet another exceptional beer by New Glarus. Ranks in my top 3 for Hefeweizens.

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Photo of Brenden
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looking back to some older notes...I have to thank Steve (a74gent) for bring this beer to me.

Dancing man is a lightly hazy deep, dark gold in color, leaning just a little darker than the typical hazy gold. A white cap of head forms about a finger tall. Retention and lacing are both pretty good.
The typical hefeweizen aroma is evident, and this is clearly a nice version of the style. A bit more lemon comes through, but banana and clove are present with the wheat as they ought to be. There's also a nip of spices and a very light note of hops lingering for added balance.
The exact same can be said of the flavor, really not varying from the nose; again, a very nicely made hefeweizen. Crackery malts blend the contributing flavors nicely, adding a slightly dryer element without detracting from the character. A bit of alcohol comes through, but barely.
A nice, crisp bite starts it off before some nice chewy body, about medium in strength, shows its depth then finishes very smooth.
This is a pleasure. I love the style, and these guys do it right. Almost on par with the very best in the world.

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Photo of richkrull
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this one in my buddy's fridge last weekend. Poured a hazy golden color with quite a bit of white head on it. Nice wheat aroma with some banana, spice and a bit of citrus thrown in. Taste was very good. A strong flavor but very balanced. Nice medium bodied wheat beer. This went down very easy. I was very surprised to see this was over 7% abv because it is very smooth. A great beer overall that I'll definitely look for again.

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very hazy copper orange gold

S: Big ass clove, wheat, and spice aroma.

T: Cloves, spices, wheat, a bit of hop in the very very back

M: Creamy, smooth, a bit thick for a wheat

O: An interesting rendition of a higher abv wheat. Not quite as good as Oberon though

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from StormKing47 into a Hopus tulip/pilsner hybrid thing.

A: Cloudy gold in color with a dense rocky head of about an inch or so, great retention with a few gobs of lacing as it recedes. Nice color all the way around.

S: A bit of banana and clove and some grainy wheat malts. Some nice notes of lemon and spice as well. Maybe just a bit of lacto as well? Doesn't smell exactly sour, but does have some notes of tartness. Interesting.

T: Very tasty, one of my favorite wheat malt profiles I've had in a beer, grainy and bready but slightly citrusy/lemony as well. On top of that is a great yeast note, lots of flavors of spice, banana, and clove. The banana flavor really lingers in the mouth long after its gone. This is great.

M: Medium bodied with fairly strong carbonation, finishes slightly warm for a 7.2% beer, but is dry and finishes nicely. Pretty crisp and refreshing.

D: Very enjoyable beer here, nicely done. I would like it to be a bit lower in ABV to really drink a lot of it, but it is still a damn tasty beer. If it were widely available I could easily see this as my summertime watching baseball beer.

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Dancing Man Wheat from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 1,396 ratings